“Mr Beck looked around with a wild light in his eye for somebody to hit. He couldn’t see any specific target so he threw perhaps the best fast ball he had thrown this season up… Read more »
Welcome to the first half of the first round of the 3rd Annual Effectively Wild Tournament Bracket Classic. Banished to the Pen has compiled 32 of the Effectively Wild podcast’s classic topics, favorite players, and most enduring/endearing running jokes.
Lucas Frost Giolito (born July 14, 1994) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). And if you’ve been to his Wikipedia entry, you may have noticed… Read more »
Banished to the Pen’s full NL Central Podcast team got together to preview the 2017 National League Central. Alex Crisafulli, Eric Roseberry, Rob Mains, Ross Bukouricz, and Brandon Lee went around the horn to give their takes and answer questions about the Cardinals, Reds, Pirates, Brewers, and Cubs.
It’s no secret that Rob Manfred, and everyone involved with Major League Baseball, want baseball to be a global sport. Well, I take that back, they want MLB to be a global sport, not so… Read more »
Last week, Chad Stewart and Jim Turvey began their journey to discuss the over/unders on all of the USA Today 2017 MLB projected win totals. This week they continue with the American League Central. Cleveland… Read more »
Taijuan Walker was once a heralded prospect. His athleticism, projectable frame, and raw stuff stood out from the time he was drafted 43rd overall in 2010, at the age of 17. He eventually worked his… Read more »
USA Today came out with its projected final standings for 2017 last week, which naturally demanded a team-by-team assessment of these lines. Chad Stewart and Jim Turvey decided to do just this, deciding whether they would… Read more »
Let’s get it out of the way right up top: I am using Livan Hernandez’s officially registered birthdate of February 20, 1975. Like many players from Cuba or other places in Latin America, there has… Read more »
We all know what a rebuilding baseball team is supposed to look like. An underperforming team trades away its best players – the ones with expensive contracts who could be more valuable to competing teams;… Read more »
This year is the 25th anniversary of the Simpsons episode “Homer at the Bat,” which first aired Feb 20, 1992 – it was the 17th episode of season three. As any fan of the show… Read more »
This is the first in a series of articles that, in honour of the upcoming World Baseball Classic next month in cities all over the world, will attempt to create an all-time team of major… Read more »
This offseason, if you looked at a notification of a trade or a free agent signing, it seemed like there was about a 50/50 chance that it was the Braves doing something. So, true to… Read more »
Just prior to the 2016 season, Washington Nationals fans heard the news that Wilson Ramos had undergone laser eye surgery. I’m sure that for most people, news of a player undergoing a relatively small surgery… Read more »
On the late afternoon of Thursday, April 9, 2015, Tony Wright settled in to his usual seat in the middle of Row B, Section 319 at pleasant Petco Park in San Diego. Section 319 had… Read more »
Eric Roseberry and Mark Sands join Ryan Sullivan to look back on the co-host changes at Effectively Wild, then discuss extra innings, the Reds, the Nationals, the PECOTA projections for 2017, and Eric’s own On Baseball Writing podcast.
The Society for American Baseball Research (“SABR”) recently announced the finalists for its 2017 Analytics Conference Research Awards, which “recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the… Read more »
When you’re a kid and you watch a sport, you can develop strong feelings about particular players. Sometimes these feelings can be positive, bordering on the obsessive. Others, almost in the realm of loathing. Often,… Read more »
Baseball is a sport played over half the year, and with almost daily games for over six months, the importance of any one individual game is muted. One loss in April doesn’t fill fans with… Read more »
We’re officially less than a week away from pitchers and catchers reporting, which means this will be the final installment in this series that has hopefully given readers some distractions in the malaise leading up… Read more »
Tim Raines, one of baseball’s most prolific base stealers, was finally picked to be a member of the 2017 Hall of Fame class. It was a long time coming for the Montreal Expo great, but… Read more »
I take it as a sign that I have not completely failed as a father that my 11-year-old baseball-obsessed son’s favorite player is Jackie Robinson. And so it was with some excitement that I shared… Read more »
In the midst of a BttP staff discussion on the merits of Field of Dreams, I found myself on an IMDB list of ‘baseball movies’ (in the traditional sense, not the Sam Miller definition). The… Read more »
I love sports cards. Specifically, hockey and baseball cards. I started my collection in the mid 80s as a 7-year-old, when I taped my cards into photo albums, putting my heroes on display for me… Read more »
The last few Wednesdays we’ve been counting down to pitchers and catchers reporting with some of the best that baseball has to offer. In the first installment, we looked at Clayton Kershaw, baseball’s best ballparks,… Read more »
Josh Blum, Matt Nekrich, and Scott T Holland join Ryan Sullivan for the latest wrestling episode, this time to discuss NXT Takeover: San Antonio and the 2017 Royal Rumble, and to look ahead to WrestleMania.
Over the past few seasons, Major League Baseball has instituted new rules and practices to shorten game times because they believe a shorter game will bring in new fans. The changes have decreased game time… Read more »
Nineteenth-century ballplayers had some of the most colorful nicknames you’ve ever seen. There was Pussy Tebeau and Candy Cummings (I am not making these up), Ice Box Chamberlain and Twitter’s favorite: Old Hoss Radbourn. Some… Read more »
Welcome to an interpretation of the extreme from the 2016 Major League Baseball season! I’m going to look into the best and worst performers at several of handpicked statistics from the past season. First, though, let’s go through the… Read more »
Last week, I reviewed some players that had poor seasons for various reasons, attributing most of them to poor luck. Sometimes baseball isn’t kind to its players, but the inverse can also be true. If… Read more »